Swallowing a Donkey's Eye

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ChiZine Publications, 2012 - Fiction - 337 pages
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Farm is the mega-conglomerate food supplier for City, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, antagonistic and sexually deviant tour guides dressed in chicken and duck suits, and farm animals illegally engineered for silence. City is sprawling, technocratic, and rests hundreds of feet above the coastline on the creaking shoulders of a giant wooden pier. When the narrator's single mother, whom he left behind in City, falls out of contact, he fears the worst: his mother is homeless and subsequently to be deported under City to the Pier. On his desperate search to find his mother, he encounters ecoterrorists wearing plush animal suits, an election hangs in the balance as the City's all-powerful Mayor is infatuated with magic refrigerators and outlaw campaigns, and he's reunited with a wise-cracking, over-sexed priest who may or may not have ESP, but who is most certainly his deadbeat dad.

Whether rebelling against the regimented and ridiculous nature of Farm life, exploring the all-too-familiar and consumer-obsessed world of City, experiencing the all-too-real suffering of the homeless in Pier, or confronting the secrets of his own childhood, Swallowing a Donkey's Eye's narrator is a hilarious, neurotic, and rage-filled Quixote searching for his mother, his own dignity, and the meaning of humanity.

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

There are occasional basic grammar mistakes but the plot is very strong. Read full review

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User Review  - Sherilyn - Goodreads

Loved the start, it was hilarious. Still loved it as it took a more serious turn. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Paul Tremblay is the critically acclaimed author of the weirdboiled novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland (Henry Holt), and the short story collection In the Mean Time. His essays and short fiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Weird Tales, and RealUnreal: Best American Fantasy, Volume 3. He has coedited a number of anthologies including Creatures: Thirty Years of Monster Stories. He is currently the president of theboard of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards and he can beat any fiction writer in a game of one-on-one basketball. He still has no uvula and lives somewhere south of Boston with his wife and two kids.

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